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Look what went up over night! It's a bit long this month, even with me trying not to ramble.

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I decided a bit last minute to join the coming week's Booktubeathon. I'm aiming to read 7 books in 7 days. Which is why I picked very short books. *winks*

May Wrap Up

Jun. 5th, 2017 08:08 am
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I had a really good reading month, even if the video is a bit later than I wanted.

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This particular readathon did not quite go as I hoped.

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This week I am going to attempt Bout of Books for the first time. And this is my sign up post which is bordering on being late. My TBR is in the video below. Not sure how much I will get done between work and the studying I really need to get to, but I'm gonna try.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team



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This is the first video I've filmed using my new lighting attachment for my phone. Hmmm...

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I have an essay due on Sunday. *sighs* Why did I think this uni thing was a good idea again? Oh right, intellectual stimulation and study what I like. Unfortunately most of this year will be the couple of required subjects I have to do which is why I currently have a 10% written essay on the assumptions underpinning the arguments regarding emergency contraception.

Yeah, I totally picked the topic so I could give the negative arguments a feminist slanted shredding.

I have officially gone further in my running program than I managed on my first attempt in January/February. Go me! Not sure how long I will last this time, but as long as each attempt improves I guess I'm doing well.

I've pretty much decided to my first Bout of Books readathon next week, though I haven't actually signed up yet. That will be one of my procrastination tasks this weekend. ;) I've already filmed a combined April Wrap Up & Haul this evening which will be set to upload over night.

In the meantime I am spending my evening having random dance parties and probably reading a bit. And possibly watching some new-to-me Time Team because one of the packages I picked up this morning was a new DVD.

My reading this weekend will probably be focused on the Starlit Wood anthology, my Emma re-read and Ms Marvel because volume 6 is due back at the library on Tuesday along with the Saga volumes I've already read.

And you know, anything extra I need for my essay *shifty eyes*


May. 1st, 2017 10:54 am
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So I participated in the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon again this past weekend and had a great time. I read about 1,272 pages overall. I also filmed a vlog throughout the 24 hours.

I hoping I might finish The Left Hand of Darkness today at least. I don't have far to go and I have the day off work as a recovery (and also laundry) day.
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I'm doing my third Dewey's 24 Hour Readthon this weekend. It starts for me at 10 pm on Saturday, so I intend to read for a couple of hours, sleep, then watch Doctor Who as soon as it is available on iView in the morning so Twitter doesn't spoil me. Then my entire Sunday until 10 pm will be spent reading. I do need to try and run if the weather allows it, but that is what audio books are for. ;)

The lead up tomorrow will hopefully be spent studying, tidying up enough that I can safely vlog in all my usual reading spots and making sure I have everything I need, appropriate snacks and drinks included. I have Monday off work because I'll need to recover, do any chores that were ignored and probably work on my essay (due Sunday week).

I have filmed my TBR. I won't read everything, but I find that a readathon requires options and different formats so that my concentration doesn't start to fail.

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It's that time of year again - a statistical round up of my reading for the past year. I had a really good year in 2016, encouraged by that fact that around the middle of the year I started posting regular booktube videos on youtube. My channel's name is MaiarBellydance, just in case. *winks* I'm just starting to teach myself some basic editing, so hopefully my videos will improve a bit.


I completed 87 items of reading in 2016 (my target was 70), and DNF-ed 1. As much as Jodie Taylor's Just One Damned Thing After Another sounded up my alley, I just could not get into it and therefore returned it to the library.

Of that 87, the author/editor gender breakdown (to my knowledge) is as follows:
Male: 38
Female: 40
Multiple Genders: 9

Fairly even, leaning towards the feminine. I read more male authored books at the start of the year, as the English class I was taking had weekly texts mostly written by men and The Force Awakens sent me on a Star Wars re-reading binge in January.

I've added or subtracted categories as needed for the rest of the statistics, but they ar emostly the same as last year.

Magazines: 6
Comics: 6
Anthologies: 3
Single Author Collection: 1
Poetry: 1
Individual Short Stories/Novellas: 6
Audiobooks: 11
Non Fiction: 2
Fiction: 79
Both NF/F: 6 (basically, the issues of Uncanny Magazine)
Re-Reads: 35
Previously Unread: 52

I believe I re-read more this year than last year, but it is still significantly skewed towards new works. I've also picked up audio books, which cover a significant amount of my re-reading, as I think they work best for me as re-reads.

Finally, after perusing my very white 2015 reading list, I challenged myself at the start of the year to read more non-white authors. I did not set myself a specific target, because anything is better than 0. In total I completed 4 books by non-white authors, 3 of which were a trilogy by an Indigenous Australian author. I'm a little disappointed at the low number, but it's an improvement. I also acknowledge that there are 2 books by non-white authors on my currently reading pile and a number of short stories, particularly in Uncanny Magazine that don't count individually. I also certainly bought a few more that I have not yet read. Still it's a starting point.

So - looking forward to 2017. I've set my Goodreads target to 95. I hit my 2016 target in October so I need to challenge myself a bit more this time. I would like to increase the number of non-white authors from 2016. The other area where I lack is LGBTQ+. It's a bit harder to calculate via author - I'm not really comfortable digging too deeply into personal lives. So I might aim for books with LGBTQ+ protagonists.

I also need to read my own damn books. My TBR is far too large and outgrowing the space I've put aside for it. I'm not going to give myself a specific target for the TBR. However, I am going to try and limit myself each month to buying no more books than I actually read in that month. Given that I plan to buy books tomorrow - I should get a wriggle on. I'm also registering this particular goal as part of #readmyowndamnbooks hosted by Estella over at

I'm starting off this week by trying to make as much progress as possible on my 'Currently Reading' shelf on Goodreads, which, as of this moment, has 13 books of various types and forms on it *gulps*. I have the first week of the year off work, so I should at least manage to finish a few. I am also aiming to get caught up on Uncanny Magazine, as I've been 3 or 4 issues behind for a good 12 months now. The only other not currently in progress stuff I might allow myself this week is some Jane Austen re-reading. I've been feeling the need for it recently, and it will make a good break if I get stuck.
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The follow up to Saturday's video. This is how I went.

I'm definitely doing this again in October. It was exhausting, even with sleep, but so much fun. I am now 10 books ahead of schedule in my goodreads challenge & have read more women and another writer of colour (Nnedi Okorafor). Yayness!


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